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RATINGS: 534   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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Malt beverage aged in oak bourbon barrels.
A hearty brew that is black as night with a strong roasted malt character and a full body. After its initial release in January 2010, our Imperial Stout was aged for a full year in Bourbon casks from Kentucky. This extended aging presents hints vanilla and oak. This, combined with the robust character of the Imperial Stout make for a smooth, wonderful taste experience. A hearty cellar beer. Very Limited Availability - 22oz Bottles and Draught. Black Gold was named one of "the best" barrel aged beers in the US by Men’s Journal and took home a silver medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival® in the Wood and Barrel Aged Strong beer category).

Note: In 2011 went from 10.5% to 11.4%.
2013 - 9.6% ABV.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4524) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle. Poured a dark, motor oil ink, black color with a dark tan head. Aroma was chocolate noes, bourbon, espresso coffee notes in there as well. Bitterm malts, chocolate, bourbon and roast dominate this particular beer. Vanilla on the edges. There’s a lot of warming, but it is smooth and well rounded and not too hot or too boozy. Quite a good one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Aroma of caramel, chocolate, and toffee. Pours black with a small Brown head. Taste is delicious with toffee, oak, chocolate, and marshmallow. Tasty. I like it better than black ops.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sarlacc83 (702) - Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2013
22oz bottle at the Beermongers A: Thick, lightless black. A thin mocha ring for a head. N: Caramel and an overdose of vanilla. Really nice bourbon in the nose. Chocolate expressed under espresso. Brown sugar. T: In turns bitter and sweet, though neither one takes hold nor shows much power. Oak is well-integrated. M: Watery and not nearly as heavy as I’d like. O: A solid rendition of the style, but it lacks complexity and oomph.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8186) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bomber from Beer Run, 9.6% ABV. Pours a dark brown color with a thin creamy brown head. Fair head retention. Aroma of huge whiskey notes, wood, vanilla, caramel, mild roasted malts. The taste is vanilla, whiskey, roast, wood, bitter chocolate, bitter hops. Medium bodied, slight lingering bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (728) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark black color with a thick brown head. Bourbon aroma and flavor. Mild bourbon flavor with roasted malt. Alcohol not too noticeable.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerm719 (105) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Huge nose, lots of bourbon. Lightly roasted coffee, dark fruits, mint, marshmallow. Balanced, fairly thin body. Nice oaky bourbon flavors shine through.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (831) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Very roasty aroma with notes of chocolate, smoke, coffee, light bourbon and fudge. Solid black appearance with a nice brown lacing. Very well balanced flavors of toffee, nougat, bourbon, raisins, rich, dark chocolate, light espresso and faint plums. Finish leaves a tamed alcohol burn on the palate with resin and coffee notes. Overall, this is a very well balanced Imperial Stout. All the flavors work in harmony to bring a pleasing and drinkable ale to you. I’d give this an A rating.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2350) - California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Black pour, small tan head. Aroma dominated by bourbon, chocolate is also present. Lesser notes of roast, light hop bitterness. Medium bodied, somewhat watery mouthfeel, bourbon and chocolate dominate. Pretty tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottled, dense black color with some thin foam , heavy bourbon aroma and flavor with some chocolate roast notes , thin finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2205) - Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle, ’09 vintage. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Bourbon and cola aromas. Big cheap bourbon notes with cola and caramel malt undercurrents. Decent mouthfeel and body.


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